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Phoenix and Minotaur to be renamed Firebird and Thunderbird

Monday April 14th, 2003

Asa Dotzler writes: "After months of discussion and further months of legal investigation, we're finally comfortable moving forward with new names. The new name for the Phoenix browser is 'Firebird'. The documentation and product strings will be updated soon. In addition to securing Firebird, we've also got the OK from those contributing legal resources to use the name 'Thunderbird' for a mail client. Hopefully this will be the end of naming legal issues for a while."


#104 Re: Protecting Mozilla's Open Source Cred...

by asa <asa@mozilla.org>

Tuesday April 15th, 2003 11:19 PM

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What about the "real" Firebird BBS open source project that's been around since at least '99? What about the very "real" Firebird Software Ltd.? What about the "real" Firebird Mortgage Application Software? What about the "real" Firebird NTP client? These are all real software projects with real products. There are lots of Firebird software projects that predate both Mozilla and the database project. What there aren't are other Web browsers called Firebird and other database servers called Firebird. Mozilla isn't a database server and you all aren't a BBS software package, and NTP client, financial software or a video game.

As far as other distros shipping Mozilla-based products, I suspect most of them will continue to call the browser they ship "Mozilla".

--Asa